Jamie Trauth emailed me this week with a haircut horror story. She took her 21-month old son to Supercuts for his second haircut ever.
Jamie picks up the story from here:
“My son sat on my lap, as the
woman took Clippers to his head. My son was then cut pretty badly. 6
times, bleeding, in total. Her comment to me after pointing this out
was, ” well hes not screaming”. ”
Jamie’s biggest concern was that the woman didn’t stop to put any sort of antiseptic on her son’s cuts. She says the woman also didn’t bother to disinfect her clippers before her next customer.
So what should she do?
File a complaint with the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation. You can do that here: http://www.license.state.tx.us/Complaints/ComplaintForm.aspx?strRadiobutton=Cosmetologists
A spokesperson with TDLR told me you can file a complaint anonymously, but if you’d like to be notified at the conclusion of the state’s investigation to find out what happened, you must leave your name and a number where investigators can reach you.
And yes, they say that hairdresser should have stopped to treat the toddler’s bloody head. The state law spells it out right here:
Cosmetology Rule 83.111. Health and Safety Standards–Blood and Body
Fluids. (New section effective March 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 1280)
(a) Blood can carry many pathogens. For this reason licensees should
never touch a client’s open sore or wound. Powdered alum, styptic
powder, or a cyanoacrylate (e.g. liquid-type bandage) may be used to
contract the skin to stop minor bleeding, and should be applied to the
open area with a disposable cotton-tipped instrument that is immediately
discarded after application.